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Mud, MAX-7, and Louisiana Mayhem

I’d been warned about the mud. Still, as I hopped on the back of a four-wheeler, felt those big tires churn into the greasy road, and watched my soil-splattered rental car disappear into the night, I thought I might have underestimated the situation. But with duck camp ahead, I figured...


How to Find Ducks in Dry Fields

Most field hunting articles start with a brief thought about putting in windshield time to find ducks and then delve deeply into setup tactics, decoy placement, and concealment concerns. That’s almost comical, because sometimes the toughest element of a field hunt is locating birds and obtaining permission. Sure, driving along...


Sleeper States for Duck Hunting

Every duck hunter’s bucket list probably includes something about green timber in Arkansas, the Texas coast for pintails and redheads, and maybe even Maine for big common eiders. But that’s the problem — everyone wants to hit those spots. Many less-famous destinations feature fantastic waterfowl hunting, and U.S. Fish and...


Mastering Duck Shots from Tricky Positions

Shooting swift-flying ducks becomes much easier when you master the basics: incoming targets, crossers, overhead birds, and quartering angles. However, even round after round of skeet or sporting clays won’t teach you how to troubleshoot some of waterfowling’s unique — sometimes even laughable — shooting challenges. Experience is the best...


Mixed Duck Spreads on Big Water

Many duck hunters specialize in scenarios that focus on puddlers or divers, but not both. After all, you won’t shoot many bluebills in flooded timber, nor will you put many wood ducks in a layout boat. But in some big-water situations, usually involving a hot aquatic food source such as...


Calling the Shot with Big Groups

Deciding precisely when to shoot is often tricky, especially during tough conditions or when birds don’t finish well. It becomes more difficult when hunting with large groups, as folks sometimes aren’t on the same page or, worse, can’t help moving or peeking up at birds. Still, unless you’re a hermit,...


The 7 Best Days of Duck Season

Every day of duck season is good, but let’s agree that some are better than others. Sometimes those especially good hunts might involve full straps. Other times they revolve around friendships or special occasions. But during every campaign, you can usually count on specific types of days that make you...


Game-Changers: How Ducks React to Shifting Conditions

It seems silly to say that ducks are in a constant state of flux. After all, they’re involved in massive, extended migrations during fall and winter. Even when ducks seem static, they continuously switch locations, habits and preferences at a micro level, often because of environmental changes. And when those...


The Toughest Conditions for Duck Hunting

The old saying holds true: The best time to hunt ducks is when you can go. If you wait for perfect conditions, you probably won’t hunt much. Still, experienced waterfowlers recognize that the elements sometimes conspire to make some days far tougher than others. What are the most difficult conditions?...


Long-Standing Richard Childress Racing Partner Realtree to Sponsor No. 8 Chevrolet at Talladega Superspeedway

Realtree, the world’s leading camouflage designer, marketer, and licensor, will partner with Richard Childress Racing to sponsor the No. 8 Chevrolet driven by Tyler Reddick at Talladega Superspeedway. The race is scheduled to be broadcast live on Sunday, October 2 at 2 p.m. ET on NBC. “I’m looking forward to...


5 Types of Public Duck Openers

You love opening day, but you loathe it, too. It’s easy to see why. The opener is your first chance to get afield after a long off-season, and bird numbers — whether locals or early migrants — are often good. However, hard experience has taught you that everyone else with...


2022-2023 Pacific Flyway Duck Hunting Forecast

Many waterfowlers have probably never hunted the Pacific Flyway. But with legendary destinations such as California and other states, what are you waiting for? Sure, drought has plagued many areas the past few years, including California and Oregon’s famed Klamath Basin. But overall hunting prospects look good for 2022-2023. Check...


2022-2023 Central Flyway Duck Hunting Forecast

Our third round of Duck Hunting Nation rankings focuses on the fabled Central Flyway. Check out our grades for states from the northern prairies to the Texas Gulf Coast, including insider info. Dive into state-by-state details in each link. Colorado This big-game mecca features solid duck hunting and really good...


APHIS Reverses Ban on Waterfowl Importation

Traveling waterfowlers rejoice: The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service has reversed a recent decision that effectively banned hunters from bringing duck and goose meat from Canada into the United States. On Sept. 12, the agency announced new provisions allowing the importation of hunter-harvested game birds...


2022-2023 Mississippi Flyway Duck Hunting Forecast

Our second roundup of Duck Hunting Nation rankings features the waterfowl-rich Mississippi Flyway. Check out our 2022 grades for states from the North Woods to the Mississippi Delta, with insider info that might boost your success. And dive into state-by-state details in each link. Alabama Duck hunting in ’Bama is...


Bird Flu Prompts Import Ban on Waterfowl from Canada

In a reversal of previous policies, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Inspection Service announced this past week that hunters cannot bring meat from ducks, geese and other game birds shot in Canada into the United States. The rule, prompted by concerns about the recent avian influenza outbreak,...


2022 Atlantic Flyway Duck Hunting Forecast

Early goose and teal seasons are upon us, and general duck seasons are just weeks away, so it’s time to reveal the latest Duck Hunting Nation rankings. Check out our 2022 grades for the Atlantic Flyway, with insider info that might boost your success. And dive into state-by-state details in...


Spring Duck Numbers Down, But Optimism Reigns

North America’s spring 2022 breeding duck population was down slightly from previous years, but biologists say hunters should still see a solid fall flight. The survey estimated total spring breeding duck numbers at about 34.2 million, which is 4 percent lower than the long-term average and 12 percent lower than...


Hunters Flock to First Delta Waterfowl Expo

Eager for the season and excited about new initiatives and introductions, waterfowlers jammed the aisles at Delta Waterfowl’s first-ever Duck Hunters Expo. The event, held July 29 through 31 in Little Rock, Arkansas, featured waterfowling personalities, carving demonstrations, how-to seminars, a world-class calling contest, and loads of new duck hunting...


No Ducks from Canada? Bird Flu Sparks Import Ban

American waterfowl hunters heading to Canada this fall might face another virus concern, but not from the virus they expected. Because of a large-scale outbreak of highly pathogenic avian influenza — commonly called the bird flu — hunters are currently not allowed to import meat from game birds taken in...


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